No matter what adjectives you use to describe drug addiction, its effects on family, friends and others are often devastating and heartbreaking to witness. The physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions of addiction give the addict a sort of tunnel vision, and they will spare no expense in keeping their substance abuse going–even if it means putting those they love the most on the back burner.The tremendous impacts of substance abuse is especially profound in children of parents who are in the grips of drug and alcohol addiction. For these children, they can experience minor neglect up to full-blown physical, mental and even sexual abuse. Children obviously look to their parents as role models. For parents who are struggling with substance abuse, it can cause immense trauma and a child’s emotional and psychological development can be impact to a degree that can be beyond repair.This article will examine the devastating effects of parental drug addiction on children in the physical sense, as well as the mental and emotional sense.